Office Location: Washington
Phone: +1 202 3314900
Randy Jayne, who joined Heidrick & Struggles in 1996, is the Americas managing partner of the firm’s Aerospace, Defense, and Aviation Practice, and was the founding partner-in-charge of the firm’s Semiconductor, Hardware, and Systems Specialty Practice. He is an active member of the Private Equity, Industrial, Technology, Board of Directors, and Higher Education/Not for Profit practices.
In addition to his defense, aerospace, and aviation focus, Randy’s search practice includes clients in a wide variety of technology sectors, including complex hardware and software businesses focused on both commercial and government markets. He draws on his past experience as a company president, a chief operating officer, and as a board member of a public company as he recruits senior executives. Randy has successfully completed searches for CEOs, board members, presidents, executive vice presidents, and a wide variety of functional vice presidents, and has placed these executives in start-up firms, small and medium-sized public and private firms, major Fortune 100 corporations, and leading not-for-profit entities and national laboratories.
Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Randy served in leadership positions in a number of high technology companies. At McDonnell Douglas Corporation, he served in a number of executive assignments, including president of the $1.1 billion McDonnell Douglas Missile Systems Company, and vice president and general manager of the $1.5 billion F-15 Eagle program. At Insituform Mid America, the nation’s largest trenchless pipe and pipeline company, Randy served as president, chief operating officer and member of the board of directors. He also served at the director and vice president levels at General Dynamics Corporation.
Before embarking on his corporate career, Randy was an officer and fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. He held numerous flying assignments, including two combat tours in Southeast Asia, and served in the White House as a White House Fellow, and on the staff of the National Security Council. He also served as associate director for National Security and International Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget in the White House.
Randy holds a BS degree from the United States Air Force Academy and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In parallel to his executive career, he was a reserve forces aviator and commander through 2000, and is a retired major general in the Air National Guard. He serves on the board of directors of the prestigious Institute for Defense Analysis in Washington, DC. He formerly served on the boards of CAE, a major international technology corporation listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges, Insituform, MetricVision, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He was for eleven years a member of the Director of Central Intelligence’s National Security Advisory Panel at the CIA.